Construction Worker Dies of Work-related Injuries, 52nd Victim in Israel This Year

Ibrahim Mohammed Jabareen, 68, from Umm al-Fahm, died of injuries sustained in a work accident on an Israeli highway in April

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File photo: A construction site in Jerusalem, January 2020.
File photo: A construction site in Jerusalem, January 2020. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Israel's 52nd victim this year of a work accident died of his injuries on Saturday. Ibrahim Mohammed Jabareen, 68, from Umm al-Fahm, was the 29th man of the year killed on a construction site.

Jabareen was injured in April while doing road work on Highway 65, carried out by Shikun & Binui Solel Boneh’s infrastructure division. A vehicle driving in reverse ran over Jabareen while he was working. He never recovered from his injuries and died after six months.

According to Hadas Tagari, who heads a group campaigning against industrial and construction accidents: “A fatal accident under similar circumstances occurred two years ago, with a truck going in reverse killing a worker. In the past three years, seven such accidents have occurred at sites in which Solel Boneh is the developer or the company doing the work. Three people were killed last week in work-related accidents, with two succumbing to injuries sustained earlier.”

On Wednesday, a 50-year-old worker from Zichron Yaakov was killed after falling from a height of 12 meters at a construction site. The day before, a 21-year-old worker from the Arab northern town of Reineh was killed after being electrocuted while operating a crane truck. On Monday, a 32-year-old Palestinian worker from Tarqumiyah near Hebron was killed after he fell at a construction site in Rishon Lezion.

Haaretz reported earlier this month that the number of accidental fatalities in the workplace went down during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, says a report released by the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry’s Safety and Health Administration.

The Labor Ministry questionably attributes the fatality reduction to steps it has taken and to heightened awareness of the issue. “In the period of the first coronavirus wave, construction sites went on working as usual and the reduction is attributed to increasing the enforcement,” states the report.

But the extent of construction work was significantly reduced due to the economic shutdown, according to the Israel Builders Association.